The Pacific Northwest has long inspired a variety of innovators, from artists and writers to high-tech visionaries and aeronautic engineers. It's no surprise. Besides the dramatic natural beauty of the region--not to mention nature's proximity--an energy and openness here makes one believe that anything is possible. Perhaps it's this quality that keeps some of the best and brightest in the country flocking to the Northwest.
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